Introduction to Winter Wonderland London 2020
Winter Wonderland London 2020: Do you love fun fair rides?
Love Christmas songs
Dance to Christmas music
Sip on mulled wine, eating burgers and chips and other street food
In this post, I will talk about how you can plan ahead for Winter Wonderland 2020 and if you tick everything that’s on the list, then Winter Wonderland is for you.
My experience in Winter Wonderland
I’ve been to Winter Wonderland three times since I lived here and three times, I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s the fairground rides I enjoy. Last year, it was very colourful. Lights from the fairground. Children and adults screaming their heads off and people gathering together for mulled wine, cider and burgers and chips. Festive music blaring and people dancing, linking arms and so much more.
In 2019, it seems like it’s better and bigger with new rides. The colours on the rides were brighter and felt it was an upgrade to last year. The Bavarian Village was bigger than last year in 2018. I couldn’t find the village last year. This year, it’s first thing I saw as I entered Winter Wonderland. So, Winter Wonderland London 2020 Bavarian Village should be better than 2019. Check out their website to plan your visit. Visit the Tripadvisor page for their reviews.
How much are the tickets for Winter Wonderland in London?
The entry tickets are free but for the rides, you’d have to pay (prices vary for rides). You can get the Winter Wonderland Ride Pass where you’ll be able to tap and ride as many times as you want. Prices may change every year but in 2019, for 45 days, you pay a minimum of £20, you’ll get £5 extra if you spend £80 so you can enjoy more rides. Check out the website for more details.
Getting to Hyde Park Corner
When visiting Winter Wonderland London 2020, getting there is the most important. Getting to Hyde Park Corner is so easy. I went to London Bridge Station and it was just one interchange from Green Park taking the Jubilee Line. Alternatively, you can walk from Green Park station or take the Victoria line to Green Park and change to Piccadilly line to Hyde Park. Then, just follow the crowd and sign, you can’t miss it.
The thing I love about getting around London, although it can be stressful, it’s very convenient and easy. That’s a plus with British transportation.
Winter Wonderland 2019
It seemed very easy to get to Winter Wonderland this year because I left a little earlier than last year. I couldn’t remember why it was so busy last year. Last year, the queue and the waiting around were longer. It took about half an hour for me to get in but this year, it took just five minutes. There were around 1000 people in the crowd queuing last year and it was so disorganised. This year, there were around 100s of people waiting before being bag searched. I am very confident that Winter Wonderland London 2020 will be more organised than 2019.
The first thing I saw were the Christmas stalls selling street food and drink as well as Christmas markets. I thought, hey, this is better than last year. Even the Big Wheel was more colourful than last year. Good first impression. I saw a nice Christmas tree in front of me. Not the best one but it was nice to see that it was right by the entrance. I couldn’t find the blue light arches that’s always there. Maybe they took it off or it was somewhere else.
I walked further and saw the Bavarian Village. It was quite surprising to see the Bavarian Village first. Last year, I couldn’t find it but in both years, I explored all the areas of Winter Wonderland. The Bavarian Village was bigger than last year and there was a lot going on.
Every year, Winter Wonderland has a themed Bavarian Village where you can sip on mulled wine, eat burgers and chips and eat in a German style restaurant. Everything you see is German themed, specifically from Bavaria. The music was blaring, some were Christmas music, some were pop charts.
Eating and drinking area in the Bavarian Village
There’s a lot of people walking up and down. There’s also a big eating area where you can choose any food stalls you want and eat anywhere you like. The stalls included chicken, pizza, burger and various hot drinks. There was plenty to choose from, you wouldn’t run out of places to eat. I had a double cheeseburger that cost me £9. It wasn’t that special though, I could buy a meal from McDonald’s for £5 for the same quality. Although it was crowded, there was plenty of seating.
What I love about the village is that all the stalls are made from wood. Most of them had red and white checked curtains. I felt I was really in Bavaria. The stalls were also bright and everyone was enjoying themselves. Some had German signs at the top of the stalls. Some had English signs but all the food and drink were mostly German.
I heard someone singing at the top of his lungs and was at the top of a big stage singing to everyone. In front of the stage, everyone was linking arms and dancing in circles while others took videos of them dancing. Everyone was smiling which made me smile too.
I went through a huge wooden chalet and I saw thousands of people sitting in the middle of the room. At the front end of the chalet, a man sang YMCA on the stage. The crowd had a great experience with him being the entertainer and people were dancing around in front of him. It was a vibrant atmosphere.
The ride and attractions
If you go on the rides, it costs around £3 to £9 per ride. With a Season Ride Pass, you can top up spending on each ride throughout the 45 days it’s open.
If you only want to spend just one day in Winter Wonderland, then buying tickets from the ticket booth is more ideal for the rides. The next day, you’d have to pay again if you don’t have the Season Ride Pass.
To go and see the paid attractions like Magical Ice Kingdom, Paddington Bear on Ice and Cirque Berserk (Circus show) you’d have to choose a time slot when you want to see it and go from there.
I advise on booking in advance and prepare for the quiet and busy periods.
The Big Wheel
I went on The Big Wheel. On the internet, it says the Big Wheel is bigger than last year. When I went on it, the height didn’t really make a difference. The Big Wheel went around five times. The lights on the Big Wheel are better this year than last year. I thought I could see the view of London but it was dark. I wanted to take pictures of the fairground lights at the bottom.
It was colourful but the pods had banisters that obstructed the view of the bottom. Plus, it wasn’t worth taking pictures from the top, it was better to take pictures when you’re on the ground.
Winter Wonderland London 2020: Magical Ice Kingdom
I went to see the Magical Ice Kingdom this year. It was quite spectacular, I did enjoy myself. This year, the ice sculpture is a story about Charles Dickens’ story trails on Christmas like Ebenizer Scrooge. It was a memorable experience but for £10 for 13+ year olds (adults) and £8 for a child (2-12), half an hour wasn’t really that worth it.
It was dark and what made the environment bright were the ice sculptures. I am sure the creators did an awesome job creating the characters from ice. I rate their hard work at least.
In my opinion, Winter Wonderland is a must to visit. It’s the best attraction to see during December months.
Compared to the Christmas lights and markets, Winter Wonderland is the first on my list if I was a tourist. The downside to it was that everything here is really expensive. The Big Wheel was fun but it wasn’t that wonderful and £11 was not worth it. The best thing about it were the colours from the rides at the bottom. Even though it was bigger than last year, there’s no difference in the view from the top.
I felt it was more organised than last year. The queue was shorter and I only had to wait five minutes before I entered the fairground. Last year, I waited around half an hour before bag checks.
The rides were all the same, nothing different from last year. There were rides for everyone of all ages. I think £3 for small rides and £9 for roller coasters are standard price. Nothing special from any of the rides around the UK. I enjoyed myself and enjoyed the rides I went on. The smaller rides were cheaper than the larger rides like the roller coasters but worth the money paid for.
The Ice Kingdom was spectacular since I saw a few Charles Dickens character ice sculptures. It was quite cold and dark there but the ice made it brighter. For half an hour, the price I paid wasn’t worth it.
The Bavarian Village was my favourite because it showed the festivity of Christmas. People were singing the British song YMCA and this got everyone together. I loved the lights, the Bavarian theme and I loved everything there. From the food and drink to the German themed market. There were several restaurants and eating places to choose from.
Santa’s Grotto was closed so I couldn’t review it but my friends have kids who went to see Santa’s Grotto. They said the kids enjoyed it since they sat in front of him and laughed. He is free here compared to all the Santa’s Grotto around London. He will give every child gifts so watch out for that. Click here for my post on “Places to visit in London in December”.
Annisa’s advice on Winter Wonderland London 2020
Winter Wonderland is always crowded no matter the year. I know that weekends can be really busy, especially in the evening but in the evening, the lights are better.
If you don’t want the crowds, go during the day, the lights aren’t that great but if it’s the fairground you’re after and the sipping of mulled wine and burger and chips, then the lights won’t be that important.
The queue for the rides can sometimes be long and sometimes be short. It depends on whether the rides are popular or not. If you do get the Season Ride Pass, you can jump the queue. It really depends on the time of day and what rides you want to go on.
The queue for attractions like Magical Ice Sculpture can be really busy. That’s why there are time slots to go and see them so book in advance on their website.
There are usually wet days and dry days. I cancelled going to Winter Wonderland twice because it was raining. So check, one hour before you want to go on the weather forecast. If it is raining, I wouldn’t bother but then again, you can’t predict the British weather. If you do decide to go when it’s raining, make sure to bring a winter jacket and boots with you. It can get muddy.
The next day, at around six o’clock in the evening, it was raining. I’m glad I went on a breezy yet lovely day.
Winter Wonderland has more or less the same rides and attractions every year. They bring a new attraction or two each year and the quality of these attractions are the same as last year.
Winter Wonderland doesn’t disappoint me, apart from the price and the quality of the food and drink. I did enjoy myself but for the price was quite expensive for all the rides, attractions, products, the duration of the rides as well as the food. Don’t let that put you off going. It’s an attraction not to be missed in December.
I enjoyed this year more than last year to be honest and it was a good thing.
Till next time!!